Friday, July 15, 2005

Geneva And Me


Believe it or not, former Nixon Pol and waygone rightsider Pat Buchanan was once on darned good terms with Hunter S. Thompson.

And here is the correspondence to prove it, written by Buchanan in response to an invitation from Thompson to write an article on the future of American Conservatism with impeachment looming in March of 1974:

Dear Hunter:

Sorry I haven't been able to get back to you sooner; but all leaves and furloughs have been canceled for the last sixty days, on orders of the General Staff. At the appropriate time, I may well deliver myself of the recommended 'hammerhead screed' but I must say I was dissillusioneedd to learn that Rolling Stone had excercised the bad judgement to thrwo away three good pages on Richard Goodwin.* As the Old Man said in the final days of that wonderful year, 1968, it is "getting down to the nut-cutting." Tellyour liberal friends we expect to be treated with all the deference and respect as outlined in the Geneva Conventions on the handling of prisoners of war.

Patrick J. Buchanan
Special Consultant to the President

Reprinted in: Fear and Loathing In America
The Gonzo Letters, Vol II, Simon & Schuster, 2000, pg 587.

Well, the more things change the more they don't stay the same.

Because 'Rethugs - The Next Generation' have pretty much gone out of their way to make sure that all deference, not to mention the Geneva Conventions, no longer exists.

And while Jann Wenner may be a Republican now, even he would never be so stupid as to throw these people a lifeline.

*Goodwin was a great society, left-sided operative who worked for Kennedy and Johnson who participated in Thompson's maniacal high-profile effort to turn the Democratic Party onto Freak Power at a Wenner-financed conference in Elko Nevada in early 1974.


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